Edmonson County locks down

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Just days after the Virginia Tech shooting puts the country on high alert, South Central Kentucky parents are outraged over how an incident was handled at Edmonson County High School.

Parents in Edmonson County are anxiously waiting to find out what’s going on at Edmonson County High School. WBKO received a tip the morning of April 18, 2007, about a lockdown at the high school and middle school.

To read Edmonson County High School principal, Brian Alexander’s written statement on the lockdown, click here.

WBKO spoke with many parents in Edmonson County. The parents said the Virginia Tech shootings have them on edge, which is why they’re not taking the threat lightly. Most of the parents we spoke with would not go on camera fearing their kids’ lives would be in danger, except for one. She stands up to talk about the fear all parents are facing.

Kim Miller has three kids. One of her daughter’s is a freshman at Edmonson County High School.

“I don’t know what to do. I do not know what to do. I want my kids safe,” Miller said.

Miller said she’s angry the school did not inform her about the lockdown and threat. She said she first heard about it when she got to work and a friend told her.

“That’s what concerns me most,” Miller said. “Somebody could have called and let us know what was going on.”

A lot of parents took their kid’s out of school after the lockdown was over.

Miller said her daughter stayed because she didn’t want one student to interrupt her education and perfect attendance since third grade.

“She’s even got awards for not missing any days at school. So I would hate for her to mess that up because she’s really trying hard to go through her full high school years without missing a day,” Miller said.

Miller said she called the school throughout the day to check on her daughter, but if she doesn’t feel safe enough to send her to school for the rest of the week, she won’t.

“If it comes down to her being alive, I would rather her miss that day of school,” Miller said.

Miller said she hopes the student who made the threats gets the help she needs.

“If this was an outcry from her, I hope that she gets the help that she needs,” Miller said.

She also wants the school board to come up with a better way of informing parents about emergency situations.

Many parents said the student making the threats is a girl with special needs who is 18-years-old.

The school would not comment on camera about the lockdown.

What warning signs should your school pay attention to and what should they do to keep your children safe? Click here to find out and to learn more about early warning signs of youth violence, click here.